It’s mid-October, and with Halloween around the corner, ‘tis the season for scary movies. (We’ve got a few suggestions, as you may have noticed.) But wait, you might be saying. (It’s possible.) I like to be scared at movies, but I don’t like all the blood and guts that seem unavoidable in modern horror. What about me? Well, it would seem that you don’t like gore of horror, but you like the tension and suspense. Never fear; we’ve collected the 25 most suspenseful movies of all time, guaranteed to creep you out without grossing you out.
25. Jurassic Park
Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster is mostly remembered (and rightfully so) as a CG-heavy action spectacle. But it also sported some of his most adroit suspense filmmaking since the glory days of Jaws — particularly in the jumpy sequence that finds our young heroes stalked by two velociraptors in an industrial kitchen. Spielberg constructs taut suspense out of an environment where every clang is deafening and every surface is reflective, and comes up with the film’s single most memorable set piece.